Spanish FA chief Villar to fill in for Platini at Euro

Basel (Switzerland) (AFP) – Spanish football federation president Angel Maria Villar will award the Euro 2016 trophy to the tournament winners in the absence of Michel Platini, UEFA anounced Wednesday.

The move follows the resignation of UEFA president Platini after a sports tribunal rejected his final appeal against his ban from football over a suspect $2.0 million payment he received from FIFA.

Platini would normally have awarded the trophy in Paris on July 10.

However, as “first vice-president” of UEFA, Villar will now step in.

“As our first vice-president, he (Villar) is the person who will fulfill this role,” UEFA’s interim general secretary Theodore Theodoridis said at an Executive Committee meeting in Basel.

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